May 1, 2017–Feast of St. Philip and St. James–John 14:6-14
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Jesus said, “If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Then Philip said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”
And Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?”
Translation: “How could you say that? I just told you! If you know me, then you know the father. Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?”
We’ve all been let down by stupid comments and questions before. It’s nothing new to us.
“I seriously just explained this to you.”
“We just went over this.”
“It’s on. The. Syllabus.”
We’ve all been there—on both sides of it. That feeling when you raise your hand in class, you ask your question and the see the side glances and smirks.
“Um…Dr. Brosend, did we just talk about this?”
Uh, yeah, Warren. We did.”
It’s a sinking, embarrassing feeling when we realize that we’ve missed something that we’re expected to know.
“Show you the father and you’ll be satisfied, huh? Have I been with you all this time, and you still don’t know me… I’ve been trying to tell you that all along!”
“Don’t you remember that day on the lawn, Philip? I asked you where we were going to buy enough bread for all those people.” Ask James—I think he was there, too. You said, “It doesn’t matter, six months’ wages couldn’t even buy enough bread for all these folks. Do you remember that? Lucky for us that boy had packed a lunch. And do you remember when we left that day? The crowd was satisfied. Do you remember what I did?”
“Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you don’t, then believe me because of the works themselves. Believe me because of what you’ve seen. Believe me because of what you know to be true.”
We can’t explain all of God’s works, least of all this miracle, but Philip helps us get to the point of it. It’s not entirely clear how Jesus would multiply two loaves and two fish, but what is clear is this: seeing God doesn’t have anything to do with your line of sight. No visual experience is going to get you to that place. No, it’s about a much larger truth.
It’s about our journey with Philip to recognize that we already know God through our relationship with Jesus. It’s about taking stock of how Jesus has been working in our lives.
“Lord, show us the father and we will be satisfied.”
No, don’t you get it?
We already have Jesus. We already know Jesus. To know Jesus is to know God.
And that satisfies us greatly.